We got home from our trip to Colorado on Thursday(7/31) and Jeremy and I had to be at the airport on Friday(8/1) at 3:00pm. The morning started out great - we were unpacking and repacking for our trip as well as getting the boys ready to stay with family. Jeremy ran to the store to get groceries for those who would be staying at our house with the boys. While he was gone I put the little boys in the shower and called one of our family members to see if she needed anything for her stint while keeping the boys. I kept listening in on the boys to make sure they were okay while I was on the phone - they sounded fine so I went on packing. I decided that they had enough time to play in the shower, so I went to bathe them. That is when EVERYTHING fell apart.
I walked toward my room and before I reached the door I noticed the carpet was wet. I did not think anything about it because the boys are known to get out of the shower to get a toy at times. Then I entered my room - the carpet going into the bathroom and into my closet were SOPPING WET!!! I could see into the bathroom, there was at least 3 inches of standing water! My mind was spinning and I was so confused - where was all this water coming from?!!? That is when I saw it - the innocent little smiley face ball was in the shower drain (the drain cover was not glued down so the baby removed it and put the ball in it)!! To quote Meredith "Calm was not my immediate response". I am glad to say I did not yell at the boys - it was not their fault that the drain cover was off or that their mother was not watching them closer. But I did freak out and began to cry (which my boys were not prepared for - the oldest tried to console his whimpering mom and the other two just looked at me like I was crazy) - we had to be at the airport in 4 hours - none of us were packed, the house needed to be picked up and we needed to get ready. I was so mad at myself - that this huge mess happened on my watch. Our carpet was ruined in these rooms and we were trying to sell our house!!! (Side note - today 9/26 we took our house off the market - we are going to wait until the market gets better) I had to call Jeremy at the store - before I called I prayed and asked God to prepare Jeremy for what he was about to hear. God answered my prayers because Jeremy was very calm and rational (it may have helped a bit that his wife was a blubbering idiot while talking to him) and he told me he was going to buy a shop vac to suck up the water. The one he bought was not strong enough so he had to go to another store to buy a bigger one plus several fans to help dry the carpet. We were racing against the clock but miraculously (thank you Lord!) were able to get everything done before we had to leave for the airport. Thanks to those who stayed at our house with that wet and smelly carpet and for keeping our boys so we could go on our trip.
Once checked in at the airport we had a chance to calm down a bit and began to get excited again about our trip. The only planes that are available through American Airlines nonstop from DFW to Savannah are little American Eagle planes which in most circumstances would not be a big deal. It was time to board the plane when the flight attendant made an announcement that boarding would be delayed due to a mess that had to be cleaned in the bathroom on the plane. Fun times. Once we took our seats I had to laugh - guess what was directly behind my seat?
I was thrilled to be in Savannah, I have always wanted to visit the deep south. I was in such a good mood, even the airport brought me joy - it was the prettiest airport I have ever seen. My first encounters with Savannahians were just as I had imagined, they were so warm and friendly. I was smiling from ear to ear and so thankful for our time together.
Since there was NO WAY I was going to use that funky bathroom on the plane, on the way to baggage I stopped in the bathroom. I was in such a good mood that even the bathroom made me smile. I had never seen an automatic soap dispenser before so I had to take a picture. What Southern Hospitality - rocking chairs while you wait for your ride from the airport!
After getting our rental car we drove to historical Savannah and stayed our first night at the Four Points.
It was a very nice hotel and if we had not been using points for this trip would have stayed there the whole trip. I definitely recommend it! Stay tuned for day 2 - I know you are waiting on pins and needles. ;o)